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Address: Matala, Crete, Greece
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Away from the crowds

Tip: There are 3 tracks out of Matala leading to this beach. The first one, which is the toughest goes past some caves in the hillside where British troops sheltered in WW11... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 28, 2015
Chania, Greece
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Chania, Greece
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47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Tip: There are 3 tracks out of Matala leading to this beach. The first one, which is the toughest goes past some caves in the hillside where British troops sheltered in WW11 while waiting for the navy to get them out. It starts at the side of the Zafiria Hotel on a tarmac road. The easiest track starts further into... More 

Thank Vivwalker
Ridgefield, CT
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643 reviews
373 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 395 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

The trail leads up the hill from a parking area where there is a small store and a church. The trail is a bit rugged but not terribly steep. Sturdy shoes would be more beneficial than flip flops for the climb. You will round a corner and climb a bit further to look over the edge and the view of... More 

Thank larkenRidgefield_CT
Munich, Bayern, Germany
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

if you are not ashamed of yor body this is a great beach to get an all round tan and swimm totaly free there is also a small tarvern serving snacks water beer ect

Thank rogerames
Nova Gorica, Slovenia
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

The trail leads from Matale over the hill, so you need to have suitable footwear. On the beach there is a small tavern, a very pleasant man Jani and his domesticated goat. Sorry, no food but only a drink. One part of the beach as well as nudists. This is one of the most beautiful beaches and you visit it.

Thank boris-tanja
Jerusalem, Israel
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

A nudist beach, about 30 min walk from Matala, No toilet or shower. Umbrellas are limited so come early. The water is perfect. Try the Mojito that the old guy makes- its great. You can come back by water taxi after 3 pm if you're too tired for walking .

Thank Tzinit
Novi Sad, Serbia
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25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

While I find Balos (and even Elafonisi perhaps) to be more beautiful than this beach, it's so near Matala and Matala's beach that it's well worth the visit collectively. There's only one bar and no shade other than that, but the waiter is rude. Add to that the fact that you need to do some hiking to get here it... More 

Thank Nikola L
Mires, Greece
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Very Clean beach,there is one place that you can have refreshments or mojito!!,thats Yiannis place.Walk about 30 minutes (maybe more) from Matala,its a different way to enjoy your day,nudist beach i read in internet that this is one of the best beaches in europe.Not easy to go but if you go once,you want to go twice.

Thank SavasHoustoulakis
Florence, Italy
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67 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

That's the reason for coming to Matala - lovely to chase the waves - and enjoy the permanent breeze !!

Thank Casci
Vilnius, Lithuania
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

You have to climb the mountain for approx. 20min or take a sea road to see it, but it's TOTALLY worth it. The beach is like the fairytale - quiet and lonesome, in the middle of the mountains and rocks. No kids which is a total advantage. There is a bar but no need for it - just enjoy the... More 

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87 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The walk to the beach is a bit tough but not as difficult as mentioned in some of the reviews. Then the beach is really nice and quite. The water is crystal clear and good for snorkeling. There is also a little taverna that only sell drinks (no food).

Thank Jean_Richert

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